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How a chess clock pushed my productivity a lot

We have big goals with To reach them of course it is important to just work a hard. However – we are all humans – the time we call “work” often includes things like to look for a snack, bring a coffee, check the news, chat a bit with a college, checking the price for a cool new gadget or say our friends hello in our preferred social network.

Of course that is all fine, as long as it not gets out of balance.

Reality is shocking

Some years ago I started to track myself with a timer. I measured just the pure work time, without all the activities noted above. I was shocked by the results!
Often I felt like I worked the whole day but my timer showed me something else. Often less than eight hours!


It started to get a competition: Me against the damn clock!

Day by day with ups and downs I improved and I could hit the eight-hour barrier more regular. The next step was to break the sonic wall –  ten hours. Again shockingly, this took me some weeks for my first success!

The chess clock

The best tool I found to track my times was a chess clock. With this I can track two times.

  1. real work time
  2. all the other time I am actually sitting on my desk but doing something else

Additionally it is something physically in front of me. In this way it is easier and faster and gives me something like a tiny ritual to start my work.

Self control

I am still using my clock every day, write down the numbers and sum them up at the end of the week.

This is my way to take care my productivity stays high and under control. Especially on the long run it pushed my work output a lot!

Embed comparisons on your site with one line of code

You are writing a comparison about two products and you would like to add a nice side-by-side comparison table exactly like the ones

For situations  like this we have wonderful new feature for you! Embed directly as an iFrame in a nice scrollable window. A bit similar like the common embedded YouTube videos.

An example, WordPress vs. Drupal:

The only line of code you have to copy to your site to get the comparison from above is:

<iframe width="480" height="315" src="" frameborder="0">

As you see just a plain solid iFrame. To get this code use the big “<embed/>” button in the right bar beside every comparison.

Of course you can adjust the size of this window to your needs. Use the width selector in the embed dialog or edit the width and height attribute values directly in the snippet.

By the way, obviously this is working with three or four-folded comparisons too!

If you just want the data in a plain HTML table, no problem either. Take the next tab “Copy HTML code” in the embed dialog.
The benefit of this is that you can customize everything. Strip, rename or alter rows, add custom cells or adopt your custom design. Just don’t forget to include the Creative Commons attribution.

Hello world!

Till today there was only our German Blog. With this post in this blog we are going international!

This will be just a typical project blog. So you can expect announcements about new features, questions and discussions and of course interesting background stories.

Our next post will be about our latest wonderful sharing feature. In the meantime you can read our updated about page.